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Puyallup Early Entrance to Kindergarten (PEEK)
Puyallup Early Entrance to Kindergarten (PEEK) 
Posted on 05/26/2022
Is your child ready for kindergarten but has a birthdate that falls just after the cut-off? Consider submitting an Application of Interest to see if they qualify for Puyallup Early Entrance to Kindergarten (PEEK), Puyallup’s new Early Entrance to Kindergarten program. 

New this year, families with children who turn five years of age after August 31 may be eligible for early entrance to kindergarten. Washington State law requires that children must be at least five years of age on or before August 31 to enroll in kindergarten. PEEK is an opportunity for children with a birthdate between September 1-30 to be considered for early entrance to kindergarten if they meet certain requirements. Learn more about PEEK, requirements to apply, and the assessment process HERE.

Beginning May 30, families can submit an Application of Interest for program consideration.  After submitting an Application of Interest, families will receive a checklist of items required by June 17. The required documentation listed below will help determine if the child qualifies for testing into the PEEK program.   

 Self-Help Development Parent Questionnaire 
 Social Emotional Development Parent Questionnaire 
 Teacher/Daycare Referral 

If the required documentation demonstrates that the child is in the above-average range, the child will qualify for PEEK testing. Only children who qualify in the above-average range will be invited for PEEK testing. PEEK testing will be conducted June 20 – July 20 by trained school personnel. Areas to be assessed include fine and gross motor skills, language skills, knowledge of concepts, and child behavior.  

Once assessments are complete, the results will be considered by the PEEK Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will review all information to determine if there is clear evidence that the child demonstrates readiness for kindergarten. 

Families of children who qualify for entry will be notified by August 1 via USPS mail. 

PEEK Timeline

Now – June 17:  Application Interest Period   

June 17:  All required documentation due  

July 5:  Families to be notified if their child is eligible for testing  

July – August:  PEEK Testing for those that qualify  

August 15:  Families notified if child qualifies for program entry  

Prior to Sept. 1:  Qualified families register for kindergarten at their neighborhood school